To fish or not to fish?

Frank Pope writes on the topic of our fisheries today in The Times.

Most of us do not tend to ponder over where our fish comes from. We simply tend to assume that the sea is a never ending supplier of protein into our diet. However, it is relatively unreported that the EU spends nearly a billion euros per year in order to keep the European fishing industry afloat. While we will no longer be discarding 1.3 million tonnes of fish back into the sea, the vested interests still hold a firm grip over the EU’s fishing policy.

Yet this does not need to be that way: we could live in a ‘paradise’ of sustainable fishing according to Dr Rainer Froses, if only we followed a scientifically sound fishing policy. We can only hope that Maria Damanaki, the EU fisheries commissioner is as good as her word in standing up to vested interests.

Frank Pope is the ocean correspondent for The Times. He co-presented Britain’s secret seas on BBC2 and is a prominent marine archaeologist.

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